That is not a typo, today’s YDIR award winner is 92 (ninety two)! Ruth Perkins helps run a number of activities for Self Help Enterprise, including a bingo and a lunch club for lonely pensioners (who are younger than her!) . She has had not one, not two but three hip operations but that just means she has to sit down a bit more often when she is out collecting money for various different charities. Ruth was helping out at self help enterprise 10 years before I was born, and whilst it would be a bit of a stretch to say doing it right helps you live longer, I think it is fair to say doing it right helps you live better. Don’t believe me, go and check out this BBC interview I hope if I live till 92 that I am still as happy and active as she is. Ruth Perkins, You’re Doing It Right Mr Ydir
Hello, Please accept my apologies for the lack of blog recently, which is entirely down to me getting distracted by lots of things, such as the day job, potty training (not for me, but for Master Ydir I got the hang of that quite some time ago) and a wedding amongst other things. The lack of blog is definitely nothing to do with the lack of people doing it right, there are so many at the moment I am struggling to keep up, but as always we welcome nominations so if you would like to see someone given a YDIR (You’re Doing It Right award) please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let the world know about their good work.
Right let’s get back on track with telling fantastic people that they are doing a great job.
Today’s YDIR award goes to Becky Kelly who has set up a community garden in Rusholme. You can read all about her good work on skillsgrowing.blogspot.co.uk
As the title sort of hints at, the project is about more than just growing fruit & veg. The idea behind the project is to help people develop skills that they can add to their CV. Becky works at the local Jobcentre which means the project is being used to help bring the Jobcentre into the local community, which again is a really great idea.
So for having 3 great ideas rolled into one project, it gives me great pleasure to type Becky Kelly, You’re Doing It Right!
P.S I’ve not as yet managed to track down a twitter profile for Becky, so if you know her please point her in the direction of this site, or if you live in Rusholme (or are willing to travel there) maybe give her a wave as you walk past the local Jobcentre.
You really should do whatever you can to help save Le Pub, you have probably never been there and this might be the first you have heard of it but if you read on I will give you 3 good reasons to support this cause.
Le Pub supports live music, it is a great little venue to discover new bands and spend time with other people who love music as much as you do. I love listening to my favourite records whenever and wherever I am, but live music is better, it’s more sociable, it’s unpredictable, it’s louder!*
I have seen some fantastic bands play there and three of my favourite gigs of all time were at Le Pub ( Ghost Mice, Horse The Band and That F**king Tank / Graba Graba Tape). I had never heard of any of them before the gigs but they all managed to put on the kind of performance that years later I still think wow that was something special.
Le Pub finds these great bands and offers them up for a bargain price, where as other venues are charging all sorts of silly prices plus booking fees (argh I hate booking fees!) Le Pub’s prices are a good deal, you might not of heard of the band but there is a pretty good chance that the pleasure you will gain is greater than the entry fee.
I think I have made my point about it supporting live music, so on to the next reason to love Le Pub (even if you have neve been) is that it is friendly. When there is not a gig on you can sit and relax with friends and strangers in the downstairs bar, whilst the stereo plays the record collection you wish you had. There is no dress code, there is no disco just a selection of good booze and maybe the odd quiz thrown in for good measure. It is the kind of atmosphere that you just don’t get from any of the chain pubs, I have always felt like Le Pub would rather make you welcome than make a profit from you.
My last point is mostly aimed at people who have never heard of Le Pub, through this blog I am trying (hopefully with some success) to make people understand what an important place Le Pub is, not just to me but to the hundreds of bands that have played there and the thousands of people who have watched those bands. The world needs places like this to continue to be great spaces for people to entertain and be entertained, the alternative is flats or a trendy wine bar (that will close within 6 months). If we let Le Pub die then it just sets a precedent for all other independent music venues to slowly fade away. I don’t know who would fill the gap left in our towns and cities by the closure of independent music venues, so I guess it is up to us to preserve this great place before it is too late.
Le Pub, keep doing it right!
*I assume your stereo like mine is not as loud as your average pa system
I should have posted this two weeks ago, and part of me thinks that the moment has passed and it is too late to say thanks and you’re doing it right, but then part of me knows that Dusty (site creator) wouldn’t agree with that kind of thinking and all of me would have to agree that Dusty is right.
Just over two weeks ago I went along to an event organised by the Collect it was called Spoon Fed (mentioned in my last blog) and it was excellent.
You can read about the event and the propsols here and if you look carefully at the photos you might catch a rare glimpse of Mr Ydir, who did manage to stand up and say words for 3 minutes, although I’m not sure I managed to put them into coherent sentences.
Now unusually for this blog I am able to give a enough notice for a forthcoming event, Spoon Fed 4 will be on 14th October, more details will be added on the Collect’s website in August but for now what you need to know is that it is in Bristol on 14th October, oh and it’s well worth going along.
I really can’t emphasis enough what a good idea the Spoon Fed events are, and in the absence of having influence on the British honour system I will have to say thank you to , the Collect, You’re Doing It Right!
Is a microfunding and networking event that is taking place 24th June 6pm in Bristol.
I would definitely recommend that you read more about the event by clicking here and if you are about why not go along, it’s a great idea with 8 projects pitching for some money to help their projects along the way.
The more observant of you will have noticed that one of the pitches looks a bit familiar, as I will be making my first official public appearance to ask people to support the ongoing YDIR project of saying well done to people doing a great job.
Just a quick update on a former YDIR winner. Alice Pyne who I mentioned here, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) along with her sister Milly for their charity work.
Looking at my facebook likes and twitter followers I haven’t noticed any royalty amongst them, but I would assume her majesty would use a pseudonym anyway….. ego boosting day dreaming aside, it is worth mentioning again that top of Alice’s bucket list was to get everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register.
I was impressed by the way Anthony Nolan handled my registration, so that is a good a place as any to start, but handly Alice’s site has a link to bone marrow registers worldwide so I’ll borrow that an encourage you to click and join one
One of my followers pointed me in the direction of today’s YDIR award winner, so thank you to Kat-Man-Scoop for this great find.
Handstands are something I have never been able to do but I have never felt I was missing out on anything, but now I have read about Julie Dumont who is doing 365 (+1) handstands to raise money for East African Playgrounds, I feel I should perhaps attempt at least one to show solidarity for her cause.
You can read about her fundraising effort on her just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Julie-Dumont and follow her progress on her facebook page Handstands For East African Playgrounds (warning contains images of tummies!)
Julie Dumont, You’re Doing It Right!
Hello it’s me again, apologies for the absence of blogs recently, it’s not from the lack of people doing it right, as I am still finding loads of people, from caterers to shop workers, one thing I really enjoy about this blog is how it opens my eyes to fantastic people who are doing their job really well or those who are actively making the world a better place.
Anyway, today’s YDIR winners are doing such a great job, I feel embarrassed that I haven’t mentioned them before. They are the team behind the Creative Youth Network in Bristol, a youth organisation that can incredibly trace it’s roots back to 1748 (the year not 12 minutes to 6)
I have said before that I think people and organisations are better at putting into words what they do, than any attempt I would make, plus I do really like using the quote tool, so here in a sentence is what the Creative Youth Network is all about.
The Creative Youth Network’s mission is to inspire every young person to do more than they ever thought possible.
How they are going about that mission is the really inspiring bit, and you should check out their site www.creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk
The work the are currently doing in opening an fantastic looking venue in the center of Bristol, will hopefully be a fantastic success and be an inspiring blueprint for other youth organisations across the world.
One page that you might like to read is the last blog of their CEO who writes openly about some of the difficulties they are coming across in making the new venue happen. I enjoyed it because I understood his point about always having to ’big up’ a particular project, when the reality isn’t always that positive. I also liked it because it feeds my Messiah Complex! lol
Joking aside I will be getting in touch with the Creative Youth Network to see if I can help as soon as I finish this blog and get a cup of tea.
Life vest inside have been on my radar (twitter) for a while and I have been thinking about how to highlight their good work. I have re-tweeted the odd tweet and liked a few of their Facebook posts, and secretly (until now) I was hoping they would pick up on my mild flirting and send me one of their snazzy life vests. (yes I do know they are metaphorical! lol)
So I will have to take the less than subtle shouting ” I Love You” approach. But what is not to love, their core belief is that kindness keeps the world afloat and their vision in their own words:
By living kindly and believing in the inherent good of each individual, change is POSSIBLE!
Mr Ydir certainly shares that vision, one of the foundering reasons for starting this blog, was to highlight the great job fantastic people are doing all over the world, from frog joggers to great waiters.
It is really interesting/inspiring to follow the work that life vest inside do, they are trying to make the world a better place, and encouraging others to do the same, and for that their founder rightly deserves a YDIR.
Orly Wahba, You’re Doing It Right!
P.S below is link to a video that life vest inside made called Kindness boomerang. It is a fairly simple message but one that is increasingly getting forgotten in our busy, fast moving lives.
I had been thinking about this post for a while, basically getting hung up on not wanting to look like a bandwagon jumper and also worrying that some Internet campaigns create a race for likes or followers which reduce the message of caring to a simple mouse click or Re-Tweet, so people get caught up in the hype but don’t really understand / believe in the cause.
Today I was waiting to have my hair cut and a father was sitting in the barbers chair repeatedly telling his son to sit down and stop messing around, his son’s name was Luca and as I heard Luca, Luca, Luca over & over again I took it as a sign to stop worrying so much and just go with what feels right.
Today’s YDIR goes to all those behind the for Luca campaign, which is raising awareness and money for a 3 year old boy that has been struck down with Meningococcal Septicaemia. He was lucky to survive but sadly has lost both his legs to the disease, and the campaign is to raise money to provide Luca with the best prosthetic legs available, now and in the future.
In order to get people invloved and cheer up Luca, they have asked people to raise a hand For Luca (as above), and from the looks of the Facebook page they are doing a great job, they have even managed to get some well know faces to join the campaign, which always helps raise the profile.
As I mentioned earlier as well as raising awareness they are raising money, and I know they are not the only cause worthy of your hard earned money, but there was something about their approach which struck a cord with me. They are asking for people to give up something they want, then donate the money they would have spent to the campaign & let them them know what you gave up on the just giving page.
What struck me is that the small sacrifices made by many people, can make a big difference. The news is full of people not being nice, but you only have to look at the Facebook and just giving page to see that when we want to, humans can actually be quite nice.
Thank you to the team behind the for Luca campaign, one for your work to raise awareness of the cause and two for highlighting the best in human nature. You’re Doing It Right.
P.S check the pen is easy to wash off BEFORE writing for Luca on it. lol